M25 Junction 10 Development Consent Order

Client: Atkins (for Highways England)

Overview

On behalf of Highways England, Atkins are delivering (under the collaborative Delivery Framework) a portfolio of Road Investment Plan (RIP) schemes in the south east of England. 

As sub-consultant to Atkins, CJ Associates’ town planning team provided support and advice on land and property matters and key land related Development Consent Order (DCO) documents for the M25 Junction 10 project.

Key Services

Authorisations, Consents, Land and Property

CJ Associates were appointed to support the DCO preparation process advising on matters relating to land, rights and the justification for compulsory purchase. We worked with the Atkins project team, Highways England and legal specialists to identify reasons for acquisition and define land and property rights for the construction, operation and maintenance of the scheme. The M25 Junction 10  project is a large and complex scheme from a land and property perspective given its scale and location within common land, open space and a special protection area. These circumstances required a strong technical understanding of implications for land and property and the requirements of the Planning Act 208 as well as compulsory purchase legislation.

CJ Associates produced the Statement of Reasons (SoR) for the project, which provides detailed information on land matters and provides the case for compulsory purchase. The SoR sets out in detail why compulsory acquisition and temporary possession powers have been sought by the DCO and explains why the powers are necessary, proportionate and justified. It also defines the process of identifying interests, the case for land take, compulsory purchase and matters relating to special land considerations. We also produced Schedules 5 & 7 to the DCO which provides the order powers and rights the scheme requires over land for its construction, operation and maintenance.